Freakonomics

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  • Location: New York, New York
Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.

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Series

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8 Pieces

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250 Pieces

Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.


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The pandemic may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean we’ll return to full-time commuting and packed office buildings. The greatest accidental ex...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2021
  • Length: :00
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The social psychologist Robert Cialdini is a pioneer in the science of persuasion. His 1984 book Influence is a classic, and he has just published ...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2021
  • Length: 53:30
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In the early 20th century, Max Weber argued that Protestantism created wealth. Finally, there are data to prove if he was right. All it took were s...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2021
  • Length: 53:30
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The man who wants America to “think harder” has parlayed his quixotic presidential campaign into front-runner status in New York’s mayoral election...

  • Added: May 27, 2021
  • Length: 53:31
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It’s true that robots (and other smart technologies) will kill many jobs. It may also be true that newer collaborative robots (“cobots”) will total...

  • Added: May 20, 2021
  • Length: 53:30
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Backers of a $15 federal wage say it’s a no-brainer if you want to fight poverty. Critics say it’s a blunt instrument that leads to job loss. Even ...

  • Added: May 13, 2021
  • Length: 53:30
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The state-by-state rollout of legalized weed has given economists a perfect natural experiment to measure its effects. Here’s what we know so far —...

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 53:31
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The endless pursuit of G.D.P., argues the economist Kate Raworth, shortchanges too many people and also trashes the planet. Economic theory, she sa...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2021
  • Length: 53:29
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Patients in the U.S. healthcare system often feel they’re treated with a lack of empathy. Doctors and nurses have tragically high levels of burnout...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 53:30
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Kidney failure is such a catastrophic (and expensive) disease that Medicare covers treatment for anyone, regardless of age. Since Medicare reimburs...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2021
  • Length: 53:30